Welcome to Historic Ellicott City


  Historic Ellicott City, Inc. (HEC, Inc.) is the volunteer organization that restored the Ellicott City B&O Railroad Station Museum. The group was founded in 1974/3, after Tropical Storm Agnes came close to destroying the station and concerned citizens became determined not only to save the building but to transform it into one of Howard County ‘s premier historic sites. The building opened as a museum in 1976, after completion of the first major restoration, spearheaded by HEC, Inc. For over thirty years, volunteers for HEC, Inc. and the Museum shared a strong desire to promote preservation, restoration and education in the Historic District of Ellicott City, Maryland. This partnership was showcased at the grand reopening of the Museum on May 20, 1999, after the second major restoration. We relinquished management of the Museum on January 31, 2006, confident that we had established a firm foundation to build on for… Read More

Meriwether Farm
2014 HEC, Inc. 
Show House

Nominate A Home For 2015 Decorator Show House

Thousands of people toured the Meriwether Farm (circa 1805) Decorator Show House in the fall making 2014’s event one of the most successful in HEC history. Many thanks to our hard working talented designers who transformed this houses into a work of art. Special thanks to all our friends who purchased tickets and made this event so successful.

Do you know a house that would make a great 2015 Decorator Show House? The Show House Committee is already busy visiting possible sites but they are far from making a final decision. Nominate your house or one in your neighborhood. The ideal house would be an old stately home in Howard County with the ability to use/create parking nearby. The house should be in livable condition needing mostly design and cosmetic improvements. Send your nomination to historicEC@hotmail.com.  View the criteria for the ideal house.

This will be the 30th Anniversary of the Decorator Show House and we want this year to be the best one yet! Watch for details.

Historic Ellicott City wants you to explore our beautiful city, so we would like to encourage you to take one of our customized driving tours. These tours will take you to some of our most historic locations, giving you an up close and personal perspective on our historic mill town, founded by the Ellicott Brothers in 1772. To view all of our driving tours and start exploring our beautiful city, please click here.